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5.3 /6 Excellent 178 Reviews

Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn

Bridgnorth European, British £££ +100
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About Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn

Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn is certainly Ye Olde, even by the standards of British country pubs. The building has been there for at least 700 years – nobody knows exactly how long it has stood on what is now Ludlow Road – and has been a pub since 1740, serving the traveller, the public of Bridgnorth and all others who entered their doors. The menu now is classically British, with a full carvery, an a la carte menu and a full wine list that takes in the best of local ingredients. Reserve a table and gather up your whole crew for a meal that has stood the test of time.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 20:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 20:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 20:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn, Ludlow Road, WV16 5NQ Bridgnorth

Further Information

The country pub has been a British institution for a fair old while, and Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn on the outskirts of Bridgnorth has been there since 1740 at the latest, and likely far longer. That isn’t any reason to rest on their laurels, though, and they have strove to maintain forward-looking in their approach. To that end, they’ve implemented the first AGA carvery in the country, a unique concept by which they build a dining experience that takes from the British carvery tradition and expands on it, bringing the cooking right into the heart of the restaurant.

The method of cooking is one thing, but the meats going into it are the most important thing, and at Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn, they don’t scrimp on that either. Scottish beef, Shropshire pork, Warwickshire turkey, Far Forest venison and lamb, as well as roast vegetables, garlic potatoes, cauliflower cheese and more. Take a trip down Ludlow Road just outside Bridgnorth – south of Telford and east of Wolverhampton – and experience something that applies new methods to classically British cuisine – so book a table now.

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178 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 178 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
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Steven M.
1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 20:09

As always lovely carvery with lots of choice of vegetables at a fantastic price. Friendly staff. We would definitely recommend a visit and we will be returning very soon.

Brian A.
2 reviews so far 6
16.08.2017 03:15

Due to road works around Bridgnorth we arrived a little late from our appointed booking time, but we were made to feel very welcome and put at ease immediatley. The carvery was up to it's usual standard (Excellent), all the veg was cooked to perfection, even my 8yr old grandaughter enjoyed her carvery and scoffed the lot and then she asked what was for afters. It was my daughters birthday and on the way out she said "I did enjoy that and wish I could come here every day.

Christopher B.
1 review so far 6
14.08.2017 08:33

Lovely food great staff a beautiful place will be back again very soon. I thought the food was very well priced and wouldn't of minded paying more as it was amazing

victoria b.
1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 07:27

After being allocated a table (5) we were not happy about being virtually in a thoroughfare with hot food being passed over our heads and people standing to talk with their backsides perched on the edge of our table. We were moved to table 1 much better. Lovely food will come again perhaps next time wee will get a much. Better table.

Andy C.
1 review so far 3
10.02.2017 22:47

Ours was one of the last lunchtime carvery sittings with a table for 5 booked for 1:30, and unfortunately it was a very disappointing experience. Normally the food is second to none but they only had a few off cuts of turkey left than a trainee tried to serve with the skin and gristle and about a dozen roast potatoes that must have been under the warming lamps for ages as they were tough and tasteless. The birthday-boy in our party wanted the "summer fruit crumble" for dessert which was heavy on fruit and not a lot of crumble. We did ask for a little time after lunch before they brought in the desserts but they arrived shortly after ordering so I cannot help but get the feeling they were trying to get rid of us so they could prepare for a wedding party that was due. Being typically English I didn't want to make a fuss at the time but after a while I felt I must warn other potential diners about the risks of late lunchtime Saturday sittings. On the plus side the Pork was very nice which was fine for me but our teenage daughter will only eat turkey so we had a grumpy 16 year old for the trip back to Stourbridge.

Simon I.
1 review so far 5
18.05.2017 16:28

Our initial view was a negative one as we found out upon arrival that the menu online us different to that on offer at the venue. This would normally not be a problem, but we chose the location due to a vegetarian option that was not now available. We were about to leave but the member of staff who greeted us quickly offered an alternative that was available via the carvery. Three minutes later we had ordered and collected our food. It was tasty (if not that hot) and with a dessert, great value. A really nice venue with nice food. One slight critique I would add us rat the staff did nit look that smart. Sorry guys but first impressions count! 😊

susan p.
1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 01:51

Booking was really easy online. Booked a table for two. Got there a little before time but it was no problem getting seated. Going on a, Sunday they only do a daytime carvery and no evening one. Although the pub was busy we were dealt with courteously and efficiently. The were five meats on and the chef who served us was very friendly. A good selection of veg to go with our meal and a nice choice of puddings after. The staff were attentive without being overly so, just right on all aspects of our dining experience. Would definitely go again.

Mark C.
1 review so far 4
04.04.2017 01:57

The carvery was very good, all home cooked. The service left a little to be desired. We had a reservation for 10 at 4pm and at 4.10pm the waitress quite abruptly informed us that they were taking the carvery away in 10mins in other words 'get a move on'. Not what you want, to be rushed when having a family catch up over Sunday dinner! And lastly the sweets where very dissappointing definitely not worth £5 each, very small portions and quite basic, funnily enough when we were choosing our desserts a lady who was leaving told us we would be dissappointed with the dessert, we should of listened! We have been here a few times now and will go back again as it is well worth a visit for the carvery as it is an excellent roast dinner.

Sandra Q.
1 review so far 5
24.10.2016 04:15

Went on a very busy Sunday afternoon. Car parking spaces were small and limited. We managed to Park but on coming out there was a line of cars waiting to park, it was a struggle to leave the premises. However the food was self service, you are shown to your seat then you have to pay for any food and drinks at the bar then hand over your ticket to the Carvery staff. Food was fresh and tastey. The price was good for Sunday lunch at £9.95. We will try midweek next time as it was far too crowded on a Sunday.

Claire R.
1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 22:16

I was looking for a pub for a business lunch on a Monday in the area and came across Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn. It's a great place, easy to find and the carvery is impressive. We will definitely return.

Sharon S.
1 review so far 4
30.06.2016 01:58

We did not go for the carvery but went for the lunchtime menu . Limited choice . I chose scampi which was over cooked and peas were inedible due to overcooking . Tasted watery . My husband and my mum in law chose the fish which they enjoyed . My husband said the chips were as good as unreal chips could be ! His mushy peas were very dry . I have got to say the carvery looked amazing and the place was full . Most having the carvery ! If we go back it will be the carvery for us all .

Helen R.
1 review so far 4
03.07.2017 06:47

Good food, however service needs improvement. Our table was for 12 midday and we had to wait outside until the door was unlocked just on 12 O'clock We each chose the Aga carvery. The carver wasn't sure where the meat was from when I asked if it was local. The coffee arrived before the dessert ? My husband ordered a cappuccino yet the waitress delivered a latte and described it as "here's your cappuccino?We also ordered the cheese board and another waiter followed up with "here's some extra cheese " yet it was butter? It was something of a comedy of errors.

Lorna B.
2 reviews so far 5
28.07.2016 18:15

Different days different chef's this visit looking forward to the garlic potatoes however these had skins on 😨 which is ok is they have been throughly washed, I always chew my food well so there fore I was crunching on dirt as the potatoes were not as prepared as they ought. Also veg could have been cooked for a bit longer quite crunchy. I hope my next visit has a different chef. I have been before & had excellent food.

Joanne D.
1 review so far 5
07.08.2016 20:27

Decent food though I hoped for a better veg selection and stuffing shouldnt be so dry. The pricing attracts an older clientele than I was expecting! The fact that you need to queue at the bar to get a receipt for the carvery, before queuing at the carvery seemed a bit inefficient, & wasn't explained by any staff who all seemed rather rushed but were pleasant enough. A nice enough lunch but my search for a fabulous carvery continues.

Steve W.
1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 06:03

Great food, carvery exceptional, very nice cosy atmosphere, great staff, good value for money, will definitely be going back. The building is really olde and beautiful with loverly areas outside for summer days out. Couldn't fault really, although we thought the deserts were a little expensive, in comparison to the other courses. But a must visit if you haven't been yet.

Nicola D.
1 review so far 5
30.01.2017 05:20

Carvery was exceptional and staff were all polite. Location and atmosphere were also great. One star off due to the tables being quite a tight fit where we were sitting. Other guests had to move for some of us to get in and out of the table which isn't ideal when having to get up to walk to the carvery part. This wouldn't stop me going back though as overall everything was good.

Sharon A.
1 review so far 5
09.12.2016 01:37

Food was excellent and staff friendly and helpful but we had a long wait for our dessert. To be fair, it was very busy (especially so near to Christmas) and they had a party of 120 arrive but think our dessert had gone astray. We chased it up and it was delivered quickly with a smile and an apology. It was certainly worth waiting for. We hope to return soon.

Paul T.
1 review so far 5
20.04.2017 07:15

Great food, great choice and great value for money. My only small criticism would be that the table service in cleaning away the plates etc when we had finished was a bit slow, but as they seemed low on staff this can be excused. Everything otherwise was spot on and all of us really enjoyed it, I highly recommend this place for the best carvery. 5 stars..

Gary W.
1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 18:56

Been few times always great ambience service and best fresh carvery for miles prefer this rather than the carvery chains whose food is bland and quickly cooked, the food here is clearly delivered by people who are proud of the quality of the food and the service is always friendly and attentive

Michael E.
1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 00:23

Surroundings clean & well furnished. Food choice excellent, quality excellent. Staff very attentive. We two ate and drank well for less than £30 Quandoo reported limited availability but that was totally misleading as the Punchbowl was very quiet with plenty of spaces for more customers on the Saturday lunchtime we dined.

Brian A.
2 reviews so far 6
01.04.2017 02:38

The lunchtime carvery was excellent, the welcome and the service also. We and the friends with us have yet to find a carvery to beat the the Old Punch Bowl and we have visited quite a few around our area of the borders of Worcestershire, Shropshire and the Black Country.

Tony D.
1 review so far 6
10.04.2017 01:55

Great food, good price, good service. Great location, only 5 minutes out of town. Bit of confusion with menu pricing but other than that a great place for a great meal. Nine of us had the carvery and were all really full. No one could complain about the portions.

Angela B.
1 review so far 4
10.08.2017 18:55

Good selection and meats. I was disappointed somewhat with the vegetable selection, no mashed potato!!. But the food was hot and we enjoyed our meal. Unfortunately our table was positioned next to the actual carvery queuing area so it was noisy and we felt ' over looked' and uncomfortable as we ate. I thought this carvery was ' nothing special' at all and equal to other caveries in the area.

Samantha T.
4 reviews so far 6
24.01.2017 02:42

Amazing food, staff we're very attentive as it was our fathers 60th birthday. Brilliant atmosphere with the music in the background. Everyone had emptied their plates and some of the guests who had never been here before said they will definitely be coming back.

Robert W.
1 review so far 6
19.12.2016 07:56

Initially there was a mix up in table reservations - this was sorted to our satisfaction. The night went vert well - the highlight is always the carvery - nothing comes near to compare. A very nice evening as usual at the punch Bowl.

Ronnie P.
1 review so far 5
20.07.2017 20:46

First time at the Inn but the food was very good meat melted in your mouth and cooked exactly as we like it and not raw as in some places. Both my wife and myself also had a dessert which again was excellent. Definitely eat there again and will recommend to friends.

Michelle P.
2 reviews so far 6
05.06.2017 00:20

We have visited Ye Olde Punchbowl many times and have never been disappointed. Their carvery is second to none, the meat and vegetables always being cooked to perfection. Make sure you book if visiting of a weekend as they are always busy.

Stephany H.
1 review so far 5
18.12.2016 18:39

Food was great - you can never beat a good carvery! chef was very friendly when carving the meat. Disco was an added bonus - overall a great place for a Christmas night out with friends at a price which is great value for money, not hesitation with going back.

Pauline R.
1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 09:19

We had a very enjoyable evening. The Punchbowl has a lovely atmosphere with very friendly staff. We had the carvery meal which was delicious and on this occasion the first course or the dessert was free. We shall definitely go again.

Emma J.
1 review so far 5
09.02.2017 18:24

Nicest carvery we'very had in a long time and no que to get to the food. My only criticism would be that it was our first time at the Punch Bowl and the system of when to pay, go for carvery or alternative menu information was not given.

John H.
1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 08:33

Great value , excellent meats - tender and tasty as always. Have visited many times and it has always been consistent, only reservation is that bargain sweets of the day rarely include those I prefer - fruit pie or crumble.

Mark W.
1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 06:27

Easily one of the best carvery places around, the staff are very friendly and helpful and the food is excellent, pub is set in loverly grounds so will be returning in the summer if not before

Wendi B.
1 review so far 6
03.01.2017 20:30

We booked a table for our Christmas lunch, we had a great table opposite the bar, so not far to walk for a top up. Enjoyed the carvery, lovely helpful, happy staff. Will definitely come back!

laura h.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 05:21

Fantastic. I cannot fault this place. The food is amazing and the staff are friendly and attentive. A regular for me and my family. Great for couples or families for romantic meals or big parties 😄😄😄😄

Louisr W.
1 review so far 5
09.03.2017 18:48

We arrived and were shown to our table,the staff were really helpfull telling us were to get our tickets for food etc. We couldnt fault the food and the beef was perfect, but please put on more choice of veg for next visit.

kevin c.
2 reviews so far 6
20.03.2017 02:44

Best Carvery I have ever tasted with a choice of 5 delicious meats.Very good choice of draught beers on tap also.Slightly more expensive than your average carvery but this is different class.Can't wait to return.

Joe B.
1 review so far 6
30.06.2017 02:47

Our experience at the Punch Bowl was very good. We were made welcomed and shown to our table and told that we could occupy it for three hours. The food and the service were excellent.

Dave b.
1 review so far 6
14.06.2017 23:07

shown to our table by a very polite waitress bar staff were also very helpful food was amazing with a good variety veg was plentiful and very fresh can not wait for our next visit

Rachel D.
1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 07:46

We had a lovely meal, it's the first time we had been there and was very nice. Easy to find, staff very friendly, food and service was amazing. Will be booking to go again soon.

Stephen P.
1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 08:45

Friendly staff, good home cooked food, reasonable prices, what's not to like? Recommended. A wider choice of vegetables would be acceptable and the car park could be a bit bigger but these are minor points.

Dianne O.
2 reviews so far 6
01.05.2017 21:40

Love this pub and the AGA cooked roasts are very good with wide selection of vegetables. I'm not local so have to plan ahead and book Sunday lunch as very popular; wish it was nearer.

Nikki B.
3 reviews so far 5
09.04.2017 17:21

The food is lovely here, good choice and they always give plenty on the carvery if you like more meat. It is in a nice location, big car park, clean and you can sit in the garden and admire the views.

Malcolm R.
2 reviews so far 6
24.08.2016 18:51

A great venue. Food always fresh and enjoyable. Great staff always so friendly and attentive. Cannot wait for the next visit.It will be my birthday soon and there is only one place to celebrate.

Kevin C.
1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 06:20

Great choice of food on the carvery and the menu food was good too. Lovely place, nice atmosphere and very friendly staff including Nathaniel who was very helpful on the carvery. Would recommend.

Darren B.
1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 07:48

Great meal we all had the carvery and a pudding very pleasant staff but we went on a Saturday night and the place was empty nice if you like that sort of thing

Roger T.
1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 07:23

In my opinion this is as good as a carvery gets. The food was hot and well presented. Friendly attentive staff , You really can't ask any more for a nice Sunday lunch,

john d.
1 review so far 6
09.05.2017 01:39

Excellent food, pleasant staff and a lovely location.What more could you ask for. Only complaint is that the a la Carte menu was not available.Hopefully it will be the next time we visit.

judith n.
1 review so far 4
13.11.2016 20:28

It was abit cold where we was sat. Food was nice & staff were pleasant. It did take 3 people to make coffees & bcoz some were liquer coffees they couldn't remember which was which. Would go again when weather gets better so we won't be so cold.

Karen K.
1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 10:17

Excellent- good food freindly helpful staff definitley recomend and will be back there very soon.It was busy with two weddings but this did not affect the service we as two diners experienced

Neil C.
1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 02:56

We had a fantastic meal, as ever. This is one of our favourite places to eat. The Sunday Carvery offers great value for money and always offers a good choice of meats